Local: Efforts for New Government Formation Continue

Time: 9:20 p.m. CEST

The process of formation of coalition government in Macedonia and collection of 61 signatures for government mandate continue with participants in the talks giving promising statements that process moved one step further.

After the last-night presidency of Democratic Union for Integration party, their spokesperson Bujar Osmani announced final decision after agreement on all issues, which includes comparison of campaign programs and negotiation on the possible common government program.

Osmani said the presidency of DUI agreed on draft suggestions on the language legislation that includes new provisions for Parliament to pass for the future use of Albanian language in Macedonia. Although Osmani shared possible positive outcome, he stated that Ali Ahmeti as president has the authority to decide on delivering support for the new government. According to Osmani, this is only a beginning to harmonize the program of new government.

More optimistic was president of SDSM, Zoran Zaev who was absent in Skopje’s court, but loudly explained himself from Sarajevo, where he visited local party with social-democratic prominence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Zaev claimed, DUI decided to provide signatures for government mandate. Zaev, known as former mayor of Strumica, a town in eastern part of Macedonia, announced government in 10 to 15 days. Responding to reporter’s question, a person who disclosed illegally intercepted conversations and turned the country in the uncertain political crisis, said that the second official language in Macedonia is Albanian language.

In Skopje, ruling VMRO-DPMNE party accused SDSM on redefinition of the state and possible violation to the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia. “SDSM is firmly entered with intention to redefine the Republic of Macedonia,” VMRO-DPMNE said, announcing they would not support anything that would undermine Macedonian people and other ethnic communities in Macedonia. VMRO-DPMNE appealed to protection of national interests.

Meanwhile, the public has no evidence in the draft version of the law legislation and many react upon first victory statement of SDSM president Zaev, given outside of Macedonia. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the MOC-OA expressed concerns on the situation and called for mutual respect, forgiveness, reconciliation and responsibility. The Macedonian Orthodox Church appealed to political leaders to preserve Macedonian language in accordance with the Constitution and the unitary character of the state.

Bilingual AlsatM says that as DUI’s spokesperson Bujar Osmani stated, the draft-law includes the term “Albanian language” in the brackets before the term “20 percentages.” Even though it is not publically available what the draft-law would contain, the profound usage of the Albanian language specifies additional use of the language in the Government, Parliament, and even in the municipalities where Albanians are not majority. AlsatM explains DUI could request voting for the law before the vote for the government. Shabby details in the public envisage new agency and inspectorate for languages.

The use of the languages, other than Macedonian is defined with article 5 in the Constitution, which stipulates that any other language spoken by 20 percentage of the population is official language with its alphabet. The Constitution’s article does not mention specific language, although Ohrid Framework Agreement targeted specifically the Albanian language community in Macedonia.



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